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Ball Winder

A ball winder is an indispensable tool for working with yarn. This solidly-made ball winder will wind approximately 4 oz. center-pull balls direct from the swift or a cone. Easily clamps to a table or loom bench for stability and ease of use.

$45.99 each
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RoyalBall Winder
 
4.6

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (38)
  • Can withstand use (16)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Fast (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (35)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (27), Novice (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (38), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A little gem...and hand-saver

    I bought one of these a few years ago thinking it was a self-indulgent little treat...and boy, was I wrong!

    Winding yarn into cakes lets me organize my stash...Read complete review

    I bought one of these a few years ago thinking it was a self-indulgent little treat...and boy, was I wrong!

    Winding yarn into cakes lets me organize my stash and workbag (DeWalt and Husky gator bags) better. The center-pull yarn cakes treat the yarn nicely by giving them structure (I wind a band of old-fashioned adding-machine paper tape around each cake, with the yarn label taped on). It saves my working hands and wrists from the painful repetitive motions of winding. It goes really fast! The cakes are much less prone to "yarn barf." And it makes the continual pulling out of lengths of yarn in use much easier and smoother. I normally park my in-process yarn cakes in a small metal mixing bowl or various plastic bins.

    Also I live with a house chicken, and while normally demure, she turns into SoccerSaurus when a rolling/in-use yarn ball is visible. The yarn cake format doesn't seem to intrigue her as much, so she settles for kicking finished unmated socks around the room.

    I used to be frustrated by the size limit of about 100 g (which you can extend a bit if you work carefully and gently nudge the guide-loop wire outward while controlling the angle the yarn feeds onto the spool). Over time I've gotten used to it.

    Best of all, winding my stash into yarn cakes has, ahem, let me buy more yarn. You can take that as a cautionary observation. Neatly wrapped yarn cakes take up much less space than the various balls and skeins. I have a rule that I cannot buy more yarn unless there is space in my existing storage system.

    One last thing, I use this tool to wind yarn cakes from skeins directly off the yarn swift I hacked from an IKEA tabletop lazy susan. It might also work with the other sorts of swifts as well.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for small balls

    This works great as long as you don't want more than a 4oz ball. It is pretty useless to wind any larger hanks or skeins.

    This works great as long as you don't want more than a 4oz ball. It is pretty useless to wind any larger hanks or skeins.

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    5.0

    Ball winder is a breeze to use.

    By BornontheFourthofJuly

    from Lancaster Pa

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    Pros

    • Can Withstand Use
    • Easy To Use
    • Smooth Even Winding
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Best When Used With A Swi

      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

      A friend got into real trouble by winding at great speed. Not a Royal. Had to throw out a $20.00 ball of yarn that became hopelessly entangled. So, I am very careful and deliberate with my winder. It is great I love it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Works great!

      By Slipqueen

      from Grass Valley, CA

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      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

      This item is so easy to use. Sets up quickly and stores away in a drawer. Love it.

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      5.0

      Happy Knitter

      By Hubby

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Christmas Gifter

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Creates Neat Yarn Balls
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Skein Cleanup

      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

      My wife has been delighted to use her new yarn baller along with a Swedish umbrella swift. She made short work of balling several skeins of yarn that have lain around for several weeks/months. It took a little more effort to set up an arrangement for fitting the swift and baller on a table and flat stool, but then things went well after that. She is very pleased and, while I am not the knitter in the family, I'm impressed with the neat and compact balls of yarn that resulted.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Buy this now!

      By CraftyKee

      from Newark, DE

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Can Withstand Use
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

        I've considered a ball winder for years, but I finally bought this one after doing tons of research. I can now easily create compact, center-pull skeins with anything from cheap acrylic yarn to fancy luxurious hanks of wool. No more tangles, no more sad looking leftover piles of yarn.

        I use this several times a week and I have no complaints. It's a great purchase.

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        • No

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        4.0

        It works!

        By knitter in need of help

        from questa, nm

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

          I've only used this once, but afterwards I returned one that I had purchased from another vendor. It was awful!

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          • No

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          4.0

          So far, so good

          By Peggy

          from Kalamazoo

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

              I haven't used it much because I bought others as a gift at the same time and I didn't want to accidentally give a secret away. However, it has worked great for the balls I've wound. Be sure to read and follow all the directions. Especially the part about how to secure and use the yarn guide. I used a little piece if tape to secure the end to the top of the cylinder so it didn't get lost. Don't wind too fast and watch for issues with the skein or the swift, and it should go swimmingly! Four stars only because I don't know about longevity.

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              4.0

              works well

              By lckain

              from Maryland

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                This ball winder works very effectively.
                I haven't used it enough to determine whether it will hold up after many uses.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Prompt delivery.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Ball Winder

                By Shadodancer

                from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                  This arrived in Canada far sooner than I anticipated, great shipping!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Why did I wait so long?!

                  By Francophile

                  from Southeastern Massachusetts

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Fun to use
                  • Makes A Good Yarn Ball

                  Cons

                  • Odd Directions

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                  This is just plain fun to use! I have had a swift for years and would wind my yarn into a ball using that, but this is such a great tool. Used in conjunction with the swift it VERY rapidly produces a flat-bottomed yarn ball that can be pulled from the outside or the inside and won't roll away! I wish the clamp opened up a bit wider though...I only have one table with a top thin enough to atttach it to, which means carting the yarn and the swift to it every time. However, the result is so perfect it's worth it. I don't think I'll buy any yarn NOT in a hank from now on! The directions are a hoot! They HAVE to have been translated from the original Japanese by someone not fluent in English, but if you are even remotely mechanically inclined, you'll be able to figure it out with no problem.

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                  5.0

                  I Love This Ball Winder

                  By Dee

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Intermediate

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Can Withstand Use
                  • Easy To Setup
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                  I bought this as a replacement for an old one someone gave me. I wished I had bought this sooner. Great product. Easy to turn knob. Works fast and makes the yarn into a nice bundle.

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